“Mike is an accomplished gaming industry leader with a deep understanding of the lottery industry,” said GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala. “A true lottery pioneer, Mike joined GTECH at a time when the U.S. lottery industry was rapidly expanding and was a key contributor to our growth. Our relationship has grown over time as he had roles of being a partner, vendor and respected competitor. His unique experience and insight, as well as his understanding of our organization, will help us to seamlessly transition to new leadership and partner with our customers to navigate the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Velipekka Nummikoski, RAY Managing Director commented on company performance. “The financial situation in Finland was challenging, which was duly reflected in gaming as well. The fact that our results remained as good as they did is thanks to our entire staff, who were quick to adapt to the changes we implemented over the year.In 2015, RAY will continue to systematically implement its strategy in an efficient and responsible manner.”
“The ‘Unless’ spots find humor in the mundane and rally against the routine—just by adding a little twist of luck,’ says Buddy Roogow, executive director of the DC Lottery. “Who hasn’t said it; who hasn’t dreamed about it? We’re hoping people see themselves, feel the optimism, and take a chance.”    “We love that we can play with the whimsy of winning in ‘Unless’ and have that potential affirmed with the ‘Real Winners,’ says Roogow.
A slick website published recently and registered to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino promotes the state's casino industry and advocates for more financial relief from state lawmakers.  This is the latest attempt to urge lawmakers to lower their taxes in the face of falling slot revenue and greater out-of-state competition.  The site, registered in October last year by the casino's marketing department, provides employee and customer testimonials and uses infographics to explain how the state, casinos and horse racing industry share gambling revenue.
Regulatory structures may need to be revised to keep up with the blending of social “freemium” style entertainment games with “elements more commonly found in games of chance”
Spain’s online gambling market has grown significantly over the past year; by €254 million to be exact, which amounts to an 11% increase between 2013 and 2014.  The increase in revenue during Q4 can be attributed to the increased amount of money spent on advertising by online operators during that same quarter. According to the regulator, operators invested 59% more in the fourth quarter than in the previous three quarters of 2014.  Additionally, gambling websites that currently operate legally in Spain can apply for a permit to add slots and/or exchange betting to their existing websites. In Italy, when operators were allowed to add slot games to casino sites, the market grew by more than 60% in just a little over a year.
“We always strive to incorporate innovation into our products, and scented tickets have historically sold well,” said Kelly Cripe, a spokeswoman for the Texas lottery. “We launched the new chocolate-scented ticket … in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.”
Brightstar is the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services focused on enhancing the performance and results of the key participants in the wireless device value chain: manufacturers, operators and retailers. In 2013, Brightstar reported global gross revenues of $10.5 billion and employs about 9,000 people on six continents.
In In making the announcement, GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala said, “Jaymin Patel has shaped, defined, and embodied the core values of our Company.  His tireless work ethic and boundless intellectual curiosity, underscored by his integrity and humility, made him a natural leader for our Company and industry.  Among his legacy of achievements at GTECH, perhaps the foremost is his demand for a ‘Customer First’ approach to everything we do.”   Mr. Sala continued, “I have always relied on Jaymin’s insights and guidance. It is clear to me that one of the primary reasons GTECH is the leader in the global gaming industry today is because of his contributions.  I fully expect him to have continued success in his new career, and on behalf of all our employees, wish him the very best.”
In a statement, Patel said, “GTECH is a great company because of its people – their passion and commitment to putting the customer first. It has been a great privilege to serve as a member of GTECH’s leadership team, working toward a shared vision of helping lotteries and gaming customers around the world raise funds for good causes.”
“The ACU trusts governors, including the 31 Republicans, to set the gambling regulations in each state; whether that is prohibition or regulation. The federal government does have a role in legitimate law enforcement matters, but it should not take on the added responsibility of overriding a state’s inherent police powers. Indeed, Congress already has expressly supported the rights of each state with this activity in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 where the fundamental principle of states’ rights was preserved.”
“Throughout Matt’s career he has consistently demonstrated a powerful ability to build teams and grow businesses to scale. His experience at WorldPay and UPS combine payments and operations. Most importantly, Matt has consistently fostered a culture of excellence and integrity, characteristics we believe are the foundation of our team.” said Linq3 CEO Daniel Cage.
"I'm proud that during 2014 we laid the foundations for enhanced responsible gambling. Our new responsible gambling programme involves above all mandatory registration and the abolition of bonuses and discounts. These measures have resulted in reduced income and this is absolutely according to plan. On this basis, we will continue to develop the gambling experience for customers and to reinforce our customer and partner relations," says Svenska Spel's CEO Lennart Käll.

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SMART-TECH 2015

SMART-Tech 2015 Preliminary Conference Program

(We outgrew our space so have new larger Ballrooms :)

Updated March 27th

Monday Reception 5-7p - 16th Floor Sky Lobby

*New - Meeting room Tuesday and Wednesday in  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 - 5th Floor

*New  Luncheon Tuesday and Wednesday  - Lyceum Complex  - 5th Floor

*New  Reception Tuesday and Wednesday Lyceum - Complex  - 5th Floor

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March 30, 31, and April 1

Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City · Join over 200 of your colleagues for Smart-Tech NYC. · Fabulous Program: Cutting Edge Topics, World-Class Speakers (See below) · Fabulous Venue:  Marriott Marquis is at 45th & Broadway, the heart of Times Square and the Theatre District · Fabulous opportunity to visit with the leaders from 50+ different lotteries. · Fabulous Networking Opportunity:  Three Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
 
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SMART-Tech 2015 Conference Program

March 30, 31, and April 1

Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City

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Monday Reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday at the Fabulous 16th Floor SkyLobby Lounge

Tuesday, March 31    Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

7:30 to 8:30 am:          Continental Breakfast  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

8:30 AM: Conference Sessions Begin   Note that sessions begin at 8:30 am.) 

Ø 8:30 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI, opens the conference sessions  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

Ø Gardner Gurney, Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Gaming Commission and its Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery

Ø Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Ø Panel Discussion:  Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations

Nurturing a positive public persona is key for all brands. Multi-billion dollar companies all have a public relations departments that build the brand image on the national level, not just the local level.  Lottery's counterparts in the gaming and casino gambling industries certainly have very well-funded PR machines. How can Team Lottery carve out a more prominent place in the national consumer consciousness, and promote a positive public image for Brand Lottery on the national stage?  (Yes, we do need to deal with limitations on self-promoting PR; and the fact that 45 lotteries do not have identical PR agendas.  But still…)

Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery and President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Panelists:

Gerald Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Presentations:

Michael Chambrello, Chief Executive Officer of North America Lottery, GTECH

Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive Lotteries, Scientific Games

Ø Panel Discussion:  Reinvigorating the draw-games category

What can we do to recapture the magic and growth in the draw games?  How can we improve the player experience, perhaps augment the jackpot-driven buyer-motive with other attributes and promotional angles to stimulate consumer interest, and otherwise increase the appeal of the draw-games?

Moderator:  Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

Panelists:

Sean Athey, Vice President, Systems Sales, Scientific Games Corp.

Dennis Berg, Executive Director, Ohio Lottery

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Lottery

Anne Noble, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Lottery Corp.

John Pittman, Vice President Marketing, INTRALOT USA

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, Multi-State Lottery Association

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

Ø Presentation:  Leigh-Ann Goad, Research & Consumer Strategist, Virginia Lottery Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

Ø Panel Discussion: The new science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding consumer behavior? For instance, market analysis methodologies are moving beyond the limitations of conventional segmentation that focus on age, sex, and income classifications; and beyond surveying customers in stores or conducting of in-person focus groups. How are “virtual focus groups” and “psychographic profiling” and other new methodologies changing our perspective from product-centric to customer-centric?  What are the forward-looking methods in consumer research - and how will they improve our understanding of consumer behavior and enhance our ability to design and sell lottery products? Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery, and Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium Panelists:

Don Feeney, Research & Planning Director, Minnesota Lottery

Nikki Orcutt, Deputy Director of Marketing, West Virginia Lottery

Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Marketing & Sales, OLG

Zurine de Saez Viteri, Managing Director, Lottovate

Ø Presentations:

· Fivi Rondiri, Corporate Marketing Coordinator, INTRALOT, USA

· Brian Roberts, President, North America, Jumbo Interactive

· Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs

· Adam Perlow, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Alley Software, Inc.

· Jamie Bader, Managing Partner, Parthenon

·Richard Bateson, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

· Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

Ø Panel Discussion:  Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators?

The government-lottery industry depends on the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks to protect its business model.  Market-driven changes and well-funded private interests (off-shore online gaming operators, Facebook and Google, Sheldon Adelson, etc.) are making it increasingly difficult for governments and their regulators to control the industry.   “Non-money” online games (paradoxically, some that are making more money than real-money games) are integrating prizes into their game structures in ways that defy the traditional definitions of “gambling”.  Games are being invented that have an element of skill, or some twist on prize structure or the precise nature of the “wager”, or otherwise finding ways to avoid being classified as "gambling".  What about Fantasy Sports – why is it not classified as gambling? Bitcoin and cyber-currencies threaten to unleash underground economies that evade regulatory constraints and the obligation to pay taxes.   Online betting websites that replicate the lottery-playing experience and others that appear to be selling the most popular lottery games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Euromillions but are illegal and fraudulent … What are the front-lines in the battle to preserve the integrity of the gaming and gambling industry?  What can we do to prevent the breakdown of regulatory discipline and effectiveness?

Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Panelists:

Mark Hichar, Partner, Hinkley, Allen Snyder Law Firm, Chair of Gaming Law Practice Group

Friedrich Stickler, Managing Director of Austrian Lotteries and President, The European Lotteries Association (EL)

Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Altius Law Firm, Legal Counsel to various European Lotteries & Operators

5:00 to 7:00 pm:  Reception Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

Wednesday, April 1    Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

7:30 am to 8:30 am:    Continental Breakfast  inside Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor

8:30 AM:   Conference Sessions Begin 8:30 AM:   Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Presentations:

· Julin Shaw, Manager of Interactive Sales & Marketing, NeoPollard Interactive

· Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panel Discussion: Interactive goes Mainstream:  Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources, and with each other.  Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic.   How are successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, disseminate information, and drive sales?  How are some lotteries positioning themselves for a successful long-term sustainable business by integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business? Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panelists:

Debbie Alford, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Lottery Corp.

Danny Bogus, Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations, Michigan Lottery

Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Camelot Global

Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote

Ø Presentations:

· Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President, iGaming, and Senior Vice President, Americas Interactive, GTECH

· Buddy Roogow, Executive Director, DC Lottery and

Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, DC Lottery

· Brendan McCarthy, Novomatic Lottery Solutions North America

· Sara Navidazar, Director of Marketing, Diamond Game

· Tony Fontaine, Vice President of Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions, InComm

· Matthew Isaac, Director, Retail Development, Pollard Banknote Limited

· Rick Perrone, President & CEO – Gameology®; dba of Tournament One Corp

· Frank Rash, Chief Operating Officer, Shoutz, Inc.

· Brad Cummings, Chief Operating Officer, EquiLottery

· Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming, BCLC (British Columbia)

Ø Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?  Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.  How can Team Lottery continue to modernize itself to take full advantage of these trends? Moderator:

May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery Panelists:

Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs

Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software

Brian Roberts, President North America, Jumbo Interactive

Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3

Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Luncheon Wednesday Afternoon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

2:00pm -5pm - Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Presentation: Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery      Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Panel Discussion:  Managing Uncertainty as the key to successful Innovation Lotteries operate in an unforgiving business and political climate, the stakes are high, and the rate of change is increasing while visibility into the future is decreasing.  How do we know when to move from the research and study mode to launch mode?  Are there ways for an action-plan to include the flexibility to adjust course on the basis of new information gleaned from the real-world consumer response?  How can this new science of managing uncertainty be applied to the business of designing and launching new lottery games, promotional campaigns, and innovation in general - - and building a solid and sustainable growth plan? Moderator:

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Panelists:

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery

Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery

Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Ø Presentation: Peter Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Jackpocket

Ø Presentation: Gordon Medenica, Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

Ø Presentation: Susan Golightly, Principal, CODEI Marketing

Ø Award ceremonies

· Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes

See page 12 for the announcement of the Sharp Award Winner for 2015:

Hoosier Lottery and Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

Awarded to the Lottery which produces the largest year-over-year increase in net funding to Good Causes

· Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

See page 10 for biographies of the 2015 Recipients:

· Margaret Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

· Peg Rose, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery

· Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Reception 5-7pm Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor


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